By far the majority of you will
arrive by car. The United Kingdom has an extensive
Motorway Network. The M4 connects London with Wales and
the West Country joining the M5 from Birmingham (157 miles) , The Midlands and the
North of England and Scotland (M74,M6,M5, 450 miles) taking you as far as Exeter
where the A38 Dual Carriageway takes you to Plymouth and on to Cornwall
and the A30 Dual
Carriageway takes you the rest of the way to Cornwall.
The North Devon Link Road will take you from the M5 just outside Tiverton all the way to Barnstaple and Bideford in North Devon. Just beyond Exeter you branch off the A38 to take the A380 to Torquay and South Devon. .From London to Exeter is some 170 miles allow 4 hours by car. From Birmingham to Plymouth on the County Border with Cornwall is some 210 miles. Allow 4 hours by car.
The AA's web-site even tells you where to expect holdups on your journey. Transport Direct - Britain's public transport journey planner and car route planner.
Car Hire in Devon
Want a car when you arrive in Devon? National Rental Companies such as
Avis Budget Europcar and Hertz have outlets in the City's of Exeter Plymouth and Torquay.
There are also locally owned rental outlets in Barnstaple, Newton Abbot and Tegnmouth.
Many will deliver the vehicle to your door.
Driving in Devon
When travelling in Devon many of the Lanes are narrow and have high hedges, often there may be a cow or agricultural vehicle around the bend, so drive with care ,and have a great holiday. Narrow quiet roads are part of the unspoilt charm of Beautiful Devon. Much of Dartmoor has a 40mph speed limit, imposed both for your safety and that of animals grazing alongside the unfenced roads.
Nowhere is more than an hour and a half drive, for example Exeter to Plymouth is only 45 miles, whilst Exeter to Barnstaple in North Devon is 41 miles
Great Western Trains Fast Intercity Express's arrive in Plymouth from London (Paddington) and Birmingham (New Street) many times throughout the day. These stop at Exeter (St Davids) ,and Newton Abbot. Trains also run from London (Waterloo) to Exeter (Central). The fastest service takes just over two hours from Paddington to Exeter (St Davids). There are even daily through trains from Scotland. There are frequent connecting trains from London Heathrow HRW Airport, though to reach Exeter you will usually have to change at Reading. www.nationalrail.co.uk web-site for train times.
National Express run daily services from Plymouth, Torquay, and Exeter to London. Victoria for the Tube, Heathrow and Gatwick Airport, the Channel Tunnel and Europe. Allow ? hours from Plymouth to London Victoria. See National Express's web-site for times and fares.
Once you get to Devon there are extensive local coach services to all the outlying towns. The County Council's website contains details of all Bus Services and their frequencies including route maps.
There are connecting services from Exeter Airport to London Gatwick LGW from Plymouth PLH to Birmingham and Glasgow Scotland.
Most of these will have extensive listings of accommodation, but please look at Beautiful Devon's Accommodation Listings First. Some of these are seasonal and have restricted opening times. When phoning from outside UK add 44 leave out first 0
If the number you want is not listed below British Telecom now have all
UK phone numbers online, in a searchable database, and its really fast too.
|Dawlish TIC||TIC Coronation Gardens||01626 215665|
|M5 Exeter Services TIC|
|Exmoor TIC||TIC The Bypass||01726 76333|
|Ilfracombe TIC||The Promenade||01271 863001|
|Lynton TIC||Town Hall Lee Road||01598 752225|
|Modbury TIC||Poundwell Meadow Car Park||01548 830159|
|Newton Abbot||01626 215667|
|Paignton TIC||The Esplanade||01803 558383|
|Plymouth TIC||A38 Marsh Mills|
|Salcombe TIC||Council Hall Market Street||01548 843927/842736|
|Seaton||18 The Esplanade||01297 21660/21689|
|Sidmouth TIC||Ham Lane||01395 516441|
|South Molton TIC||1 East Street||01769 574122|
|Tavistock TIC||Town Hall Bedford Square||01822 612938|
|Teignmouth TIC||The Den Sea Front||01626 215666|
|Devon Visitor Information||Junction 27, M5|
|Tiverton TIC||Phoenix Lane||01884 255827|
|Torquay TIC||Vaughan Parade||01803 297428|
|Totnes TIC||The Plains||01803 863168|
|Woolacombe TIC||Red Barn Cafe Barton Road||01271 870553|
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Updated June. 2011